Gemma Tomlinson obtained her Bachelor of Music from the Queensland Conservatorium (2011), during which her quartet was the winner of the 4MBS Chamber Music Prize, and she had the privilege of performing alongside Grammy award winning ensemble, Eighth Blackbird. In 2012, Gemma relocated to Melbourne to complete her honours degree at the VCA. During her year of study, she was the recipient of the Corinna D’Hage String Scholarship, the Lady Tumor Exhibition, and her ensemble won the Melbourne University Chamber Music Competition.
Gemma has collaborated in chamber music performances with artists such as Anthony Marwood, Jack Liebeck, Victoria Sayles, and Brett Dean, and performed alongside the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Australian Chamber Orchestra, Aurora Orchestra and Melbourne Chamber Orchestra. As a student of ANAM (2013-15), Gemma was a founding member of the Penny Quartet, who were the recipients of the John and Rosemary Macleod Travelling scholarship, participated in a residency at Four Winds Bermagui and awarded 1st prize of the ANAM Chamber Music Competition. As founding and current cellist of contemporary music ensemble Rubiks Collective, Gemma has participated in various successful concerts since 2015, and eagerly anticipates Rubiks’ debut concert as Spotlight series artists at the Melbourne Recital Centre.
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